Avocados, the named superfood, are one of the most wholesome and nutritionally dense foods available. Rich in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper and vitamins A, C, E & K, it makes them a hard choice to compete with. Avocados also have an abundance of B vitamins and provide long-lasting energy which stabilises blood sugar levels and curbs cravings which help prevent unhealthy snacking. In addition, they contain more fibre and protein than any other fruit on the planet, and have more potassium than bananas!
- Aids digestion and nutrient absorption
- Beautifies and strengthens hair, skin, teeth & nails
- Maintains healthy energy levels
- Beneficial for brain cells
- Improves mood
- One of the best foods for the immune system
- Keeps you full for longer
- Versatile in recipes
Speaking of recipes, it seems like every so often a brilliant new way of eating avocados is discovered. We hope these meal ideas will get you keen for green, and encourage you, our dear reader, to be inspired to include more avocados into your weekly meal plans.
Avocados: 5 ways to keep it simple
4. Breakfast Bagel
5. Wrap it up
Avocados: 5 more ways that take a little more effort
6. Dairy-free desert
This amazing key-lime pie recipe is every vegans dream come true. It’s dairy-free, naturally sweetened and uses entirely raw ingredients, with a date, walnut, coconut crust and a creamy avocado and cashew filling. See recipe here.
7. Stovetop Avocado Mac & Cheese
Whoever thought there’d come a day where mac & cheese could even be remotely healthy? Yum! Get the kids into this at a young age and they’ll scoff 1 of their 5 a day without even realising it. See recipe here.
8. Avocado Tartare. Darling!
This is probably one of my favourite and most recently discovered ways to eat avocado. I was at a semi-fancy restaurant with the family and noticed Avocado Tartare on the menu. They added a Mexican touch by including kidney beans, and a dash of tequila and plenty of zesty lemon juice. It was truly outstanding.
Though absolutely delicious and advertised as a starter, it fills you up so much you can’t even finish it. So if you’re making this dish, share one serving between a few of you so there’s room for a main course. See recipe here.
Keep your guests impressed with these super fancy, yet simple and delicious smoked salmon and avocado aperitifs. Make sure you have very ripe avocados, slice and dice them finely and wrap them up in a small sheet of smoked salmon. To taste, squeeze a lemon over it and add a touch of salt and pepper.
Remember that when the servings are this tiny, a little goes a long way. To throw a little something extra into the mix, add a cube of soft cheese to a select few.
Okay, so this is nothing new, but we simply couldn’t write an avocado post without including some guac! If you’re into cooking and meal prep, chances are you’ve probably made guacamole before, or at least have a recipe lying around. If not, we recommend the BBC’s pure and classical chunky guacamole dip. See here.
I’ll leave you all, our dear readers, with Dr. Jeans very fitting, seriously catchy and now internet viral sing-a-long instructional video. You know, just in case you ever need some more avocado motivation, or a theme tune for your meal preps. Really though, I want it to be stuck in your head as much as it has been in mine. Damn you internet!
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